Mayor Juan Antonio Cívico Llamas has hung out the rainbow flag to mark international LGBTQ Pride month for several years, but he was forced to remove it last week after three residents of Villanueva de Algaidas complained, according to a statement.
The flag was hung in order to show that Villanueva de Algaidas is an "open, diverse, pluralistic, inclusive and committed town which celebrates equality and diversity," the statement reads. "But sadly this gesture did not last long."
Since a recent Supreme Court ruling, Spanish authorities are banned from hanging unofficial flags from municipal buildings, and the council was obliged to remove the flag.
However, one man decided the town would celebrate Pride anyway.
Antonio Carlos Alcantara Pastrana grew up in the small town inland from Malaga but now lives on the coast in Torremolinos, where he owns a shop.
Alcantara told CNN he had been planning to sell rainbow flags at the Pride parade in Torremolinos, but the event was canceled due to coronavirus.
When he heard about the flag being taken down in Villanueva de Algaidas, he posted on the local Facebook group, offering free flags to anyone who wanted one and was inundated with positive replies.
"The whole town wanted a flag," he said.